Sunday, June 16, 2013

F Clinton Pettapiece (Tri-City, Medicine Hat, 2003-06) signed a one-year contract with the Dordrecht Lions (Netherlands, Eredivisie). He had 11 goals and 31 assists in 26 games with Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (ACAC) this season. Pettapiece finished third in scoring and led the league in assists. . . .

F Lynn Loyns (Spokane, 1997-2001) signed a one-year contract with the Nottingham Panthers (England, UK Elite). He had two goals and four assists in 14 games with the Ravensburg Towerstars (Germany, 2. Bundesliga) this season. . . .

G Tomas Vosvrda (Medicine Hat, 2007-08) signed a two-year contract with Olomouc (Czech Republic, 1. Liga) after signing a tryout contract on Monday. He had a 3.38 GAA and a .890 save percentage in 11 games with Liberec (Czech Republic, Extraliga) before being assigned on loan to Benatky nad Jizerou (Czech Republic, 1. Liga), where he posted a 2.59 GAA and a .904 save percentage in 30 games.

1. Police in Riga, Latvia, confirmed Saturday that it was the body of former Edmonton Oil Kings F Kristians Pelss that was found in the Daugava River on Friday. Pelss had finished this season with the Oklahoma City Barons, the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate. The Oilers had selected him in the seventh round of the NHL’s 2010 draft. . . . Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal has more right here. . . . Dave (Crash) Cameron of the Edmonton Sun has memories right here.

2. If you were wondering, Mitch Love has one year left on his contract as an assistant coach with the Everett Silvertips. Love told me via text on Saturday that he is “definitely looking forward to learning a ton from KC.” . . . That would be head coach Kevin Constantine, not Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band fame.

AHL3. The Syracuse Crunch is taking the AHL final for the Calder Cup back home. The Crunch dumped the host Grand Rapids Griffins 5-2 on Saturday night. The Griffins still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 with Game 6 scheduled for Tuesday night at the War Memorial in Syracuse. . . . Former WHLers Brett Connolly and Tyler Johnson each scored for the Crunch, while F Triston Grant had a goal for Grand Rapids.

4. Annie Fowler of the Tri-City Herald reports that sophomore F Parker Bowles of the Tri-City Americans isn’t likely to play until at least mid-November after undergoing shoulder surgery on May 30. Bowles, who had 44 points, including 21 goals, as a freshman, finished the season with a left shoulder that kept popping out of place. “It just kept popping out and it would go back in by itself,” Bowles told Fowler. “It was too loose and had to be repaired.” . . . Bowles is expected at Tri-City’s training camp late in August, but isn’t expected to be cleared to play until sometime in November.

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